On January 13 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, KC-BANCS is hosting part two of our Sustainability Summit. We are hoping to gather a group of 15 – 20 people to think with us about the last year of KC-BANCS. Dr. Joe Seabrooks, President, MCC Penn Valley, will facilitate both sessions.
The Sustainability Summit is a two-part meeting with the following objectives:
The Sustainability Summit will be held at the Institute for Human Development, 215 W. Pershing Road, 6th Floor, in the Bowman Room. To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
KC-BANCS was recently mentioned in the national U.S. Veterans Magazine in the online "Opportunities" section. Read the article, which features veterans programs funded by the National Science Foundation: http://www.usveteransmagazine.com/article/stem-careers-disabled-veterans
KC-BANCS has worked with 127 participants and each fall, after summer break, looks forward to welcoming back STEM Scholars. This year, KC-BANCS is recruiting 30 new STEM Scholars as the program enters its fifth year. Are you a person with a disability interested in a STEM career? Are you in college or planning to go to college next semester? Become a STEM scholar! Sign-up online and a transition navigator will contact you.
Get involved in the final year of a groundbreaking project
A recent article in the Kansas City Star has good news for students majoring in STEM:
About one in five jobs in the Kansas City area and nationally require specified knowledge in science, technology, engineering or math.
According to a study released Monday by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, half of all so-called STEM jobs nationally require a bachelor’s degree.
The percentage requiring at least a bachelor’s degree is slightly higher – 52.2 percent – for STEM jobs in the Kansas City area, partly because of the high percentage of engineering companies.
Based on 2011 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the new report said the importance of STEM jobs in the economy has been somewhat hidden. That’s because the growing need for technical expertise in “blue-collar” jobs sometimes has been left out of STEM economic impact studies.
“Many nonprofessional jobs in manufacturing, health care, construction and mining industries could be considered STEM jobs,” Brookings said.
The report said nearly one-third of STEM jobs were filled by “craft professionals,” such as workers in the construction or vehicle maintenance trades.
‘University attendance is not the only path to a STEM career,” said Jonathan Rothwell, the report’s author.
Nationally, there were about 26 million STEM jobs, with about 193,120 in the Kansas City area, the report said. Those jobs paid well compared to non-STEM jobs.
For the metro area, the report said, the average pay for STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree was $80,680, compared to $64,128 for non-STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.
Also, for STEM jobs requiring an associate’s degree or less, the average pay was $52,680, compared to similar non-STEM jobs’ average of $32,801.
Brookings researchers put those numbers in context, noting that the 2011 median household income for the Kansas City area was $53,376. (The median means that half of the area’s households earned more and half earned less.)
“Job growth, employment rates, patenting, incomes and exports are all higher in STEM-oriented economies,” Rothwell said.
His report ranked the Kansas City area as the 26th largest location of STEM jobs out of 100 metro areas in the nation. STEM jobs, as a share of total metro Kansas City area employment, ranked 39th out of the 100 areas studied.
For the Kansas City metro area, the ten largest STEM industries were, in descending order: Health diagnostics and treatment; computers; finance; construction; engineering; health technology; business operations; operations specialties; vehicle and mobile mechanics, installation and repair; and “other” management.
The report said more than 99,000 jobs in the Kansas City area required specified knowledge in engineering. In general, engineering jobs provided the highest average wages among STEM occupations requiring specified knowledge.
By a wide margin, the most common STEM occupation requiring less than an associate’s degree was in the nursing field.
Maker Faire: Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making and be inspired to tap into your own creativity!
On June 1 and 2, join fellow coders, artists, organizers, writers, and makers to code, draw, organize, envision and plan out how to make a better Kansas City.
Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:00 AM until Sunday, June 2, 2013 5:00 PM
Join us for STEM Talks 2013, a KC-BANCS event taking place on Tuesday, May 21. STEM Talks is an invitation-only event bringing together students, veterans, STEM employers, KC area higher education, and student support services for a day of learning and dialogue.
This year's focus is 21st Century Skills - what they are, why they matter, and how higher education can help.
The 3-hour program will feature a series of student and business speakers followed by community conversations.
Register at: www.kcstemalliance.org/stem-talks-2013/registration
Questions or suggestions? Contact the KC-BANCS team at 816.235.1760 or email@example.com.
STEM Talks 2013
Tuesday, May 21
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
ArtsTech Event Space
1522 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(Free off-street parking)
Continental breakfast will be served
The next in our popular Nuts & Bolts faculty workshop series is coming soon, so register today!
Geologist Janet Raymer shares a gem of a solution she uncovered after digging into this problem for her 5 credit-hour Physical Geology class. Her strategy? Have students work in groups to make study guides for their lecture and lab tests. Come learn how to use this strategy to make learning more manageable in your class.
Thursday, May 2, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Help your students appreciate the discipline, practice, and development needed for intense reading and study of science, a "language in itself." This session will discuss textbooks and reading, focusing on Physical Sciences: applying the Scientific Method to reading strategies, understanding and mastering Science Vocabulary, emphasis of specific vocabulary terms, and emphasis of scholarly processing.
Presenter: Jan Rog